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Diploma in Hair and Beauty Sector (Hair Route) - Level 1


This course is designed to give you an insight into a career in hairdressing. To gain practical experience, you will study modules including shampoo and conditioning, styling women’s hair, plaiting and twisting, and the art of dressing hair.

Take a virtual tour of the Revive hair and beauty salon and spa

Entry requirements

  • GCSE English and maths with at least 2 points (grade E)
  • Plus a dexterity test, attendance at summer school if progressing from Entry Level, or attendance at a one-day 'welcome day' durig July and August if a new learner.

You will need to attend an interview with the tutor before being accepted on to the course. You may also need to supply at least one written reference from a teacher or employer (in some cases two) and/or your current school or college report.

Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20171 yr(s)1656A1289FREE£465.00** EApply online
Sep 20181 yr(s)1656A1395FREE£465.00** EApply online

E You may be eligible for fee exemption depending on your circumstances. Please see our adult finance and funding page for more information.

How long is the course?

36 weeks.


How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed by continuous theory and practical assessments. The theory is assessed by written tests.

There are also assignments, where access to a computer is helpful but not always essential.

The practical assessments are performed in the Revive salon on paying clients.

All theory and practical work will be collated and presented in an evidence portfolio.

What will I study?

  • Introduction to the hair and beauty sector
  • Presenting a professional image
  • Create an image using colour
  • Shampoo and condition hair
  • Blow dry hair
  • Styling women’s hair
  • Styling men’s hair
  • Plaiting and twisting hair
  • Colour hair using temporary colour
  • Create a hair and beauty image follow health and safety in the salon
  • Salon reception duties
  • Working with others
  • The art of dressing hair
  • Maths and English

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What else can I do?

You'll have the opportunity to undertake work experience in a salon or spa, volunteering, and enterprise at the college.

How do I apply?

Apply online


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